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NCAA Gives Up Fight Against Unlimited Transfers

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The NCAA is on the brink of an unlimited transfer policy in Division I college athletics.

The NCAA agreed Thursday to drop key transfer rules following a lawsuit by the U.S. Justice Department of Justice, Washington D.C. and 10 states. And the agreement led to a new U.S. DOJ-proposed consent decree.

On Thursday, the U.S. DOJ filed a proposed consent decree to prohibit the NCAA from enforcing the Transfer Eligibility Rule, enforcing the Rule of Restitution against anyone in connection with the Transfer Eligibility Rule and implementing similar restrictions between Division I colleges and universities.

In other words, it would allow a college football or basketball player to transfer as many times as he/she wanted and not be required to sit out a season — instant eligibility.

It would also grant an additional year of eligibility to athletes previously deemed ineligible to participate as a result of the Transfer Eligibility Rule for any portion of a season.

“Free from anticompetitive rules that unfairly limit their mobility, Division I college athletes will now be able to choose the institutions that best meet their academic, personal and professional development needs,” Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division said in the release. “This resolution is a testament to the benefits of federal and state enforcers working together to ensure free markets and fair competition for all Americans.”

The transfer portal rules have been lax since an additional season of eligibility was granted to players for the COVID-19 season, but there were still players who had to be cleared by the NCAA to play after multiple transfers in football and basketball, primarily those who had not yet graduated. That will no longer be the case.

“The amended complaint alleged that the NCAA’s one-time-transfer rule unreasonably restrained competition in the markets for athletic services in men’s and women’s Division I basketball and Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football, as well as for athletic services in all other men’s and women’s Division I sports,” the release said.

The decree still needs to be approved by a judge, but it’s only a formality before transfer rules are dropped. It remains to be seen if transfer portal windows will be impacted.

This story originally appeared on our partner Pittsburgh Sports Now.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Shawn Martin

    June 1, 2024 at 2:49 pm

    This is just rediculous when is a free education not enough !!!!
    College player should not be paid to play sports and if it comes to this, then it’s time to start signing contracts and if you break your contract, you pay it back!

  2. Mike Asti

    June 1, 2024 at 3:14 pm

    That became not enough when certain players were generating more money than what a full scholarship would give them and coaches don’t have to pay back their contracts when they leave for a new job. Their new school pays a buyout, which yeah could be attached to players somehow. Issue now is players are just being paid by companies and not school. When school start eating directly, requiring buyout payments like coaches might be possible.

  3. william conway

    June 1, 2024 at 11:49 pm

    The decision by the NCAA was too late to help WVU. We were short-staffed last season with as few as 7 eligible players during the OOC season.

  4. Mike Asti

    June 2, 2024 at 12:32 am

    Nothing was going to help last season after all of the drama happened. It also doesn’t matter now.

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